Your child might be invited to go on a residential trip with their school or a club. This is a trip where they’ll sleep over for one or more nights. This may be the longest amount of time they stay away from home alone at this age, so preparing them for a trip like this is an important step in building their confidence and independence.
- Ask for an itinerary of the trip, go through this with your child and discuss with them if there are any activities that might trigger their allergies.
- Arrange a meeting with the teacher/club leader to review their allergy management plan and discuss how the accommodation will manage their needs e.g. mealtimes, administering medication, avoiding triggers etc. Include your child in these conversations.
- If your child feels uneasy about going on the trip, try not to pressure them. Reassure them that it’s okay to say no and not go. But maybe suggest they spend the night away from home, at a friend’s house or another family members home, to see how they feel being away from home, before making their decision.